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Zachariah Butler (son of James Butler and Sarah Ann ???) was born 1736 in St. Paul's Parish, Hanover, Virginia135, and died November 1796 in Near Fortsonia, Elbert County, Georgia136. He married Sarah Bowe on Abt. 1757, daughter of Nathaniel Bowe and Sarah Fitzpatrick.

 Includes NotesNotes for Zachariah Butler:
Zacharia Butler was born in either Ireland or Hanover County, Virginia, depending on the source you believe, before the Revolutionary War,. He lived in Mecklenburg County, Virginia and joined the army there in September, 1780. He served as a private in Anderson's Company, Nelson's Regiment, Virginia Troops. He described himself as 44 years of age, with blue eyes, black hair, and a fair complexion, standing five feet four inches tall. [Chesterfield Supplement- page 2- Eckenrode and Revolutionary War Records by Katherine B. Elliott page 35- 1964). He was awarded a land grant in Wilkes County Georgia after the war (Book B, page 194, Wilkes County, Georgia). When Wilkes County divided, his property became part of Elbert County.

From Jane A. Dresser (
"We can be more certain of the family information concerning Zachariah Butler, born in Hanover County, Virginia, in 1736. He, too, was said to have had two wives, the first being Sarah Bowe, daughter of English immigrant Nathaniel Bowe and Sarah Fitzpatrick, whom he married about 1757. He was in Hanover County for the 1760 Census and all his children seem to have been born there. Sometime just before the Revolution, Zachariah moved to Mecklenburg County, in Virginia’s south side bordering North Carolina. By this time Zachariah’s first wife had died, and he had married Mary Elizabeth Brooks Edwards, a widow, about 1772. Virginia, having virtually no military conflict during the early years of the war, suddenly became the center of activity in 1780 as British forces captured Charleston, South Carolina, and moved north. Mecklenburg County lay directly in the path the British intended to take. Zachariah’s eldest son, James, volunteered in 1778 and Zachariah joined him in September, 1780, just before the Battle of King’s Mountain. His sons, Patrick and Nathan, also volunteered.
Zachariah’s military records show him to be a man of average stature for the time: 5 feet, 4.5 inches tall, with black hair, blue eyes, and a fair complexion.

Once the war ended, Zachariah and his sons began to consider moving to the newly opened settlement areas of Georgia. By 1785, they had taken out land warrants in Wilkes County and were paying taxes there. After 1790, the family’s land fell into newly formed Elbert County. A volume of Mecklenburg County’s history notes this exodus: 'Some Mecklenburg people who went to other states: James, Patrick, and Zachariah Butler - all to Elbert County, Georgia'.


Zachariah Butler
This Butler family story begins in Hanover County, Virginia in 1736 with the birth of Zachariah Butler . What is known of Zachariah is that he was a man of small statue at five foot four inches tall. He joined the Revolutionary War at the age of forty four on 2 September 1780 in Mecklinburg County, Virginia. Zachariah married Sarah Bowe, daughter of Henry Bowe (1680-?) an English emigrant, and Sarah Fitzpatrick. The Butler family had five children: 1)-James I, 2)-Patrick, 3)-Nathan, 4)-Zachariah and 5)-Nancy. After the war ended, the Butler family migrated to Wilkes County, Georgia (now Elbert County) in 1785. Zachariah died in Elbert County, Georgia in about 1800 and is buried in Fortsonia, Elbert County, Georgia.

First son James 1 (5 June 1758-1841) was born in St. Pauls Parish, Virginia. James served for 22 months in the Revolutionary War from Mecklinburg County, Virginia in 1778 to 1781 and was in the battle of Woods Point on the James River. He was a Private in Captain James Anderson's Company and Col. John Burton's Regiment. He was awarded a land grant in Wilkes County, Georgia for his service. He migrated to Wilkes County, Georgia in 1785 and lived there until 1836 when he migrated to Shelby County, Alabama to be near his children who were already living in Shelby County. James joined a wagon train under the command of Jordan Jones to make the journey to Alabama. James was married twice, first to Sarah Christopher, then to Disa. He was believed to be the father of 20-22 children. James I died in 1841 and was buried in the Jones Bailey Cemetery in Shelby County near the grave of his friend Jordan Jones. One of James' daughters, Sarah, married Willis Ozley and the Ozley family migrated to Shelby County, Alabama and is covered in more detail in the article The Family of John Willis Ozley in this book. One of James' sons, James II, married Elizabeth Hansard, daughter of William Hansard, also a Revolutionary War veteran, in Elbert County, Georgia on 23 December 1823 and this Butler family is covered in more detail in the article The Butler Family of Marion Jefferson Butler in this book.

Second son Patrick was also a veteran of the Revolutionary War and is buried in Fortsonia, Georgia with his father. The families of Patrick eventually migrated to Louisiana and possibly to Texas.

Third son Nathan and his family migrated to Morgan County, Georgia.

Fourth son Zachariah and his family migrated to Maury County, Tennessee in approximately 1810.

Fifth child and only daughter Nancy married John Snellings and lived in Elbert County, Georgia. Submitted by: John Robert Walker, 1616 Linda Vista Lane, Birmingham, AL 35226

Sources: Family records of the Ozley family and information on the Butler family received from Madine Butler Evans.

More About Zachariah Butler:
Burial: Dye property near Elberton, Georgia.

More About Zachariah Butler and Sarah Bowe:
Marriage: Abt. 1757

Children of Zachariah Butler and Sarah Bowe are:
  1. +Patrick Butler, b. 01 March 1760, St. Paul's Parish, Hanover County, Virginia, d. 1838, Elbert County, Georgia.
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